Sustainability | the sauce solution

If you have been following along, you know I am on a mission to make our home more sustainable, and a lot of this process has to do with waste created in the kitchen.  As we replace store-bought food with home-made recipes, we are gradually reducing the amount of containers we use each week.  Some of my favorite switches so far include nut milks, crackers, and preserves, all of which are usually made at home, without creating any trash.  I realized last night that we have not bought pasta sauce in months.  This might not sound like a big deal, but for this busy mama who is always on the go, that can of sauce used to save me.  I started to think about salsas, pestos and guacamole, that are all made at home with little effort and zero-waste.

We are all busy and it's hard to find the time to make food ourselves but if you're looking to challenge yourself in the name of sustainability, I have rounded up some recipes below.  I wish I had original recipes to share, but I don't usually make many things twice and I have a hard time following directions.    

Oh, and if you've got any good recipes, send them my way, I am always on the lookout for a recipe to modify and possibly mess up.

Marinara Sauce (to make zero waste, replace with fresh tomatoes) *PRO TIP ADD SOME SHREDDED PARMESAN CHEESE 

Guacamole - This is so much better than store-bought guac  

Pesto I love making fresh pesto, it's perfect to add to pre-made noodles in a pinch 

Dill Pesto - My favorite for throwing on rice

Pico De Gallo - I will eat this on anything at any time  

Salsa Verde - Great for a variation from Pico

by Annie Shak 

by Annie Shak